Meal replacement or protein blend - which is best for me?

Meal replacement or protein blend - which is best for me?


Both our Meal Replacement and Protein Blend are the perfect grab-and-go options. They give you extra energy between meals and deliver a healthy dose of protein, vitamins and minerals… but which is best for you? How do you know whether you need Meal Replacement or Protein Blend? 

Read on to find out.

Meal replacement vs protein blend 

To choose whether meal replacement or protein blend is better for your needs, it’s important to get a bit of background on the benefits of both and what they’re used for.

Meal replacement

Meal replacement is designed to be a nutritionally complete meal replacement. It delivers all the macro and micronutrients your body needs in powder form. All you need to do is add a liquid like plant milk or cow's milk, shake it up and go.

If you want to use a complete meal replacement like ours, look for blends that contain slow release carbohydrates and have a high protein content so they’ll keep you fuller for longer. Watch out for added sugars and hidden ingredients like artificial colours and flavours too - Free Soul doesn’t contain any.

Protein blend 

Protein blend acts as a complete, lean protein source for your body that’s easy to digest and eat on the go. Whether you opt for a quick protein shake or add the powder to your regular recipes, a protein supplement is a great way to give your body a hit of protein to help with muscle repair, weight management and more. 

Whey protein and vegan pea protein are top choices for protein blends. The best blends are gluten-free, GMO free and lactose free with no added sugar, artificial sweeteners or artificial colours.

Choosing the right supplement for you

The best way to tell if meal replacement or protein is better for your needs is simply to look at your lifestyle. Try answering these questions:

  • Do you often skip meals during the day?
  • Do you find it hard to find time to eat?
  • Are you too busy to prepare breakfast, lunch and/or dinner?
  • Do you often opt for junk food because it’s quick?
  • Do you find hunger affects your ability to concentrate or get things done?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could benefit from having Meal Replacement in your diet. It’s nutritionally complete so it works as a meal substitute when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare a plate of food.

Otherwise, try these questions:

  • Do you get hungry between meals or soon after eating?
  • Are you trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight?
  • Do you struggle to get enough protein in your diet?
  • Are you looking to increase your protein intake to support your workouts?
  • Do you want to improve the health of your hair, skin and nails?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s a good idea to start having a protein blend every day. While many people think protein is just for athletes or people who train hard, everyone can benefit from increasing their protein intake with a protein blend. Find out more here.

Ready to try?

Whether you’re looking for Meal Replacement or Protein Blend, you can rest assured that any Free Soul product is a clean source of nutrition. With no added sugars, artificial colours or flavours, you can make sure that the fuel you’re putting into your body is doing you good.

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